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In the Beginning

In the Beginning

The early chapters of Genesis are foundational to the Christian faith setting out much of how we are called to understand the world in which we live. Its two accounts of creation are especially important in setting out God’s intentions for the world which were not swept aside once sin entered it through disobedience of human beings. As such, they form an important corrective to any tendency within Christianity to ‘super-spiritualise’ our faith by sitting lightly to creation. During this series we will look at the first five chapters of Genesis and consider what they are seeking to teach us about the nature of the world – both in God’s original creation and after the arrival of sin caused it to go so badly wrong.

May 2014

Towards Easter with John’s Gospel

Towards Easter with John’s Gospel

As we approach Easter, we will complete our study of John’s Gospel by focusing on the chapters within which it deals with the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. John’s Gospel is all about God’s glory being revealed in Jesus and as the book moves towards its climax we see this glory revealed most fully through his suffering and death. Other themes of John’s final sections are the way in which Jesus was revealed through his death to be Israel’s king and the new creation that began with his resurrection.

March 2014

Why on earth should we give to the Church?

Why on earth should we give to the Church?

During the first three weeks of our services in March, the sermons across all of our services at Christ Church will focus on the subject of our financial giving. Unsurprisingly this is often a less than popular subject but it is also a vital one for a number of reasons. The Bible is clear that Christian giving is both act of obedience to God and an accurate guide to our response to his love and all that he given to us. But it is also very necessary in its response to the needs of the church and its mission and ministry. This very much includes the wider church with a good deal of this money supporting other churches within Southwark Diocese. 85% of the income of Christ Church is raised from the direct giving of its members, an amount which is currently very unevenly distributed. Our prayer is that these talks on different aspects of our responsibility to give, will inspire every member of Christ Church to review our giving and consider how God wants us to respond to the challenge to give back to him.

March 2014

Towards Easter with the Psalms

Towards Easter with the Psalms

In a year in which we are seeking to get to know the Psalms better, it is particularly appropriate to be using them during Lent and Easter. This is because both Jesus and the Gospel writers constantly quote from the Psalms to express their understanding of what was going on when Jesus died. Written hundreds of years earlier, these ancients hymns express truths about the suffering followed by vindication that were clearly crucial to Jesus’ understanding of his vocation to suffer and die for those he came to save. Psalm 22 is the most obvious of these but we will also look at Psalm 40, which Jesus echoed in Gethsemane and Psalm 31, which he also quoted from the cross. Psalm 2 also has much to say on the kingship of Jesus and after Easter we will use Psalm 16 to reflect upon the resurrection.

March 2014

Why on earth should we give to the Church?

Why on earth should we give to the Church?

During the first three weeks of our services in March, the sermons across all of our services at Christ Church will focus on the subject of our financial giving. Unsurprisingly this is often a less than popular subject but it is also a vital one for a number of reasons. The Bible is clear that Christian giving is both act of obedience to God and an accurate guide to our response to his love and all that he given to us. But it is also very necessary in its response to the needs of the church and its mission and ministry. This very much includes the wider church with a good deal of this money supporting other churches within Southwark Diocese. 85% of the income of Christ Church is raised from the direct giving of its members, an amount which is currently very unevenly distributed. Our prayer is that these talks on different aspects of our responsibility to give, will inspire every member of Christ Church to review our giving and consider how God wants us to respond to the challenge to give back to him.

March 2014

Towards Easter with the Psalms

Towards Easter with the Psalms

In a year in which we are seeking to get to know the Psalms better, it is particularly appropriate to be using them during Lent and Easter. This is because both Jesus and the Gospel writers constantly quote from the Psalms to express their understanding of what was going on when Jesus died. Written hundreds of years earlier, these ancients hymns express truths about the suffering followed by vindication that were clearly crucial to Jesus’ understanding of his vocation to suffer and die for those he came to save. Psalm 22 is the most obvious of these but we will also look at Psalm 40, which Jesus echoed in Gethsemane and Psalm 31, which he also quoted from the cross. Psalm 2 also has much to say on the kingship of Jesus and after Easter we will use Psalm 16 to reflect upon the resurrection.

March 2014

Why on earth should we give to the Church?

Why on earth should we give to the Church?

During the first three weeks of our services in March, the sermons across all of our services at Christ Church will focus on the subject of our financial giving. Unsurprisingly this is often a less than popular subject but it is also a vital one for a number of reasons. The Bible is clear that Christian giving is both act of obedience to God and an accurate guide to our response to his love and all that he given to us. But it is also very necessary in its response to the needs of the church and its mission and ministry. This very much includes the wider church with a good deal of this money supporting other churches within Southwark Diocese. 85% of the income of Christ Church is raised from the direct giving of its members, an amount which is currently very unevenly distributed. Our prayer is that these talks on different aspects of our responsibility to give, will inspire every member of Christ Church to review our giving and consider how God wants us to respond to the challenge to give back to him.

March 2014

John’s Gospel

John’s Gospel

During January and February we will continue our study of John’s Gospel. Before Christmas we looked at the first half of the book with its challenge to recognise the signs of God’s glory in Jesus and to receive eternal life through believing in him. These signs culminated in the raising of Lazarus and as 2014 begins we will look at the second part of the Gospel as John turns to focus upon Jesus’ death as the supreme revelation of God’s glory. These passages also include a great deal about the promised ‘comforter’ – the Holy Spirit – whom the Father sends to those who believe in his Son and during this series we will think about how this applies to both Christ Church and our personal lives.

January 2014

The Book of Daniel

The Book of Daniel

During January and February, we will complete our study of Daniel looking at Chapter 7-12 of the book. This is where stirring stories of the first six chapters about God’s people keeping faith in a pagan context give way to a series of lurid and complex visions. These passages, however, play a crucial role in Daniel’s overall message about the kingdom of God triumphing over the kingdoms of the world. Like the visions contained in Revelation, they are passages which also have a great deal to say to our current situation as we see the seeming domination of so much evil within the world. Like Revelation, the book of Daniel shows how this evil will eventually be defeated and particularly highlights the role that the suffering of God’s faithful people will play in this.

January 2014

Rediscovering the power of the Psalms

Rediscovering the power of the Psalms

The Motto Verse for Christ Church in 2014 is Colossians 3.16 which declares: ‘Let the message about Christ in all its richness fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts’. One of the reasons that this verse has been chosen is to inspire us in 2014 to get to know the book of Psalms much better. Psalms is the hymn book of the Bible and yet is often rather neglected during those frequent discussions and disagreements about the form which our sung worship in church should have. Jesus, however, quoted from the Psalms more than any other Old Testament book and his familiarity with its contents was crucial to the development of his calling as well as that of Paul and other early Christians. During 2014 we will therefore freshly examine as many of the Psalms as possible and look to use them to refresh our approach to worship both within in church services and in our daily lives.

January 2014

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